Social justice and cemetery systems

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This paper applies social justice frameworks to ‘cemetery systems’ which here denotes the framework by which each nation state orders the disposal of the dead, and which generally includes burial, cremation and the interment or scattering of cremated remains. An application of social justice theory indicates the desirability of certain key principles for all cemetery systems: decent disposal as a human right; democratic accountability; equality of access to services regardless of income; freedom of religious expression; and environmental sustainability. Achieving these principles is not necessarily straightforward, and conflict between principles is heightened by financialisation and population densification.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1776791
Number of pages14
JournalDeath Studies
Early online date13 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an author-produced version of the published paper. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self-archiving policy. Further copying may not be permitted; contact the publisher for details.


  • cemetery
  • social justice
  • cremation

Cite this